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Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)

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Teenager Darren Shan meets a mysterious man at a freak show who turns out to be a vampire. After a series of events, Darren must leave his normal life and go on the road with the Cirque du Freak and become a vampire.

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Paul Weitz

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Paul Weitz (screenplay), Brian Helgeland (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John C. Reilly ... Crepsley
Josh Hutcherson ... Steve
Chris Massoglia ... Darren
Jessica Carlson ... Rebecca
Michael Cerveris ... Mr. Tiny
Ray Stevenson ... Murlaugh
Patrick Fugit ... Evra the Snake Boy
Morgan Saylor ... Annie
Don McManus ... Mr. Shan
Colleen Camp ... Mrs. Shan
Ken Watanabe ... Mr. Tall
Salma Hayek ... Madame Truska
Orlando Jones ... Alexander Ribs
Frankie Faison ... Rhamus Twobellies
Willem Dafoe ... Gavner Purl
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Storyline

Teenager Darren Shan is an excellent student and the pride and joy of his perfect middle-class family, but his best friend is the reckless Steve. When they receive a flyer with an advertisement for a freak show, they sneak to the theater to see the attractions. The star attraction is a vampire called Larten Crepsley, who performs with a colorful yet very lethal spider. After the show, Darren tarries to see the spider and overhears Steve unsuccessfully trying to convince Larten to transform him into a vampire. Darren steals Larten's spider, which later bites Steve. In seeking an antidote from Larten, Darren accepts a deal to become his half-vampire assistant. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Meet Darren. He's sixteen going on immortal.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense supernatural violence and action, disturbing images, thematic elements and some language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

23 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cirque du Freak See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,293,205, 25 October 2009

Gross USA:

$13,869,515

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,232,113
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A portion of the film was shot in Studio 28 at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. It is the oldest sound stage still in use at the studio. See more »

Goofs

In the first show, just as Mr.Tall is introducing Madame Truska, as he says "...the exotic...", you can see more light passing through the tips of his unnaturally long fingers than the rest of his fingers, revealing that the actor is wearing hollow prosthetic to make the fingers appear longer. See more »

Quotes

Larten Crepsley: Life may be meaningless, but death I still have hope for.
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Soundtracks

There Was a Time - Kenny Dope Remix
Written by James Brown, Buddy Hobgood
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Universal Records and The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprices
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Funny and Dark
26 September 2009 | by dhmtnSee all my reviews

I just saw this movie at Fantastic Fest in Austin. I really loved it. Unlike the Potter movies, it succeeds in being dark without taking itself too seriously. The characters were rich, the acting superb, and the pace was neither frantic nor plodding, but just right. John C. Reilly was excellent -- he had a very powerful presence that I'd not really noticed before.

I haven't read the books, but the actors said the books' author also loved the movie. I realize movies rarely live up to readers' ideals, but this movie really stood on its own merits. There was a lot of dark/sarcastic humor (one-liners, mostly) in the movie that I understand wasn't in the books -- and it really worked. Unlike the Harry Potter books, I'm anxious to read these due to my appreciation of the movie.


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